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' Oh, George ! this is terrible. It wil break my heart,'

« Oh, I think no*, Mollie. You'll ge over It. '

•I shall nevsr get over lt s * 'Sorry. But yeu'll hare to* I am engaged to Isabel Jones.'

' And you Intend to break your engage ment wltb me V

• Why, of course,' 'But what If I Institute a suit for broii oh of promise?'

•You have no witness to prove that we ever were engaged.' 'And I can't get damages unless I have ?'

' No, little ono. ' I'm sorry, but you should have looked out for that.'

• Well, good*bye.' 'Good-bye. You'll kiss me for the last time ?'

■Yes, George.' 'Now, since all ls ovor b-^ween us, I want to ask yon one qaeatlon.' 'Certainly, de»r.' •Don't call me dear any more. You do not senna to underattnd.'

•No, Ido not ; It is hard to realise. Bafc what was the question you wanted to ask ?'

•Oh, yes. Well I have often wondered why you always bad this sewing maohln* In the pirlor, and why you always Insisted on siting so olose to It wbe-i we w<jre saying sweet things to eaoh other. Why w*n it T

'That? That Is not a sewing machine.' •What Is It?' •A phonograph" *A pbo- o-^raph I Graoious J Is It In good order ?'

•Yes, ln very good order.' * And has been every night I havo been hero V

'Indeed It has, darling. Do you want mo to torn tbe orank just for fun V ' No, Indeed. (' Yon havo turned him') Botto voice, 'But what a funny girl you are to think I meant what I said just now to tease you. I was only joking. I em not engaged to Isabel, so we will marry at soon as you 1 ka,' ' How nice I You ere suoh a dear (kls*), aweet (lds»), good (klsp), honorable darling, I never doubted you. 'Of course not. Good night darling. I will re« you to-morrow night. And our wedding ?

' Next week. Good night, precious.* * To-morrow night.' t And now, she said to herself as she heard the gate olose behind him, « I must not let him find out that that pbonograpb Is out of order, and doesn't n oord athing. until aftpr the weddng. It broke me all up when I found it out tbe other dar ; but I think his little darling Mollie got there wltb botb feat to-night, He don't play any Nob Hill racket on her at prefect.'

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IS MARRIAGE A FAILURE? Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2231, 20 September 1889

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